7. Blue Moon Fish Co. 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-267-9888; bluemoonfishco.com. When it comes to enchanting views in South Florida, a waterside panorama is best, and few compare to the dockside dreaminess of Blue Moon. With more than 300 feet of dock space and a deck overlooking the Intracoastal, this spot has racked up numerous New Times awards for setting alone. But that doesn't mean the food doesn't measure up to the ambiance. Fine seafood, such as fig-and-olive-rubbed grilled local swordfish, and high-quality meats, such as slow-roasted Colorado rack of lamb, are as impressive as the scene. It's the perfect recipe for a sentimental date.

8. DaDa Restaurant & Lounge. 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-3232; dada.closermagazine.com. Love isn't a one-size-fits-all thing. While some people want glitz and glamour to stimulate amorousness, others prefer charm and quaintness. If you fit into the latter category, DaDa is your spot. Set in a historic 1920s home, this Delray Beach restaurant is filled with artistic flavor. From the gravel-lined front yard with twinkle lights and tiki torches to the Daliesque artwork hanging on old plaster walls, the atmosphere is simply beguiling. The food follows the eclectic setting with creative dishes such as lamb ribs, pork belly waffle dogs, and habanero-maple-glazed salmon. This place sways to the beat of a different drummer.

9. 15th Street Fisheries. 1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-763-2777; 15streetfisheries.com. When most locals think of 15th Street Fisheries, they imagine wooden tables, fish 'n' chips, and kids feeding tarpon — not exactly a sultry scene for seduction. For that, head upstairs, where the restaurant offers prime water views in a quiet, upscale setting. Citrus black mussels get some local flavor with Florida orange juice, shallots, white wine, star fruit, and basil. Grilled swordfish is spiced up with tropical flavors like cilantro, almonds, Florida rock shrimp, and coconut red curry sauce. A meal here is like being away on a romantic holiday.

10. Mustard Seed Bistro. 256 S. University Drive, Plantation; 954-533-9326; grapevine­gourmet.com. Dim lighting, earth-toned walls, floor-length curtains, white-clothed tables, and a contemporary granite bar create a comfortable and homey setting ideal for a quiet, intimate dinner. Friendly yet unobtrusive waiters serve elegant continental cuisine such as bacon-wrapped dates; crispy duck with cherry gastrique and mashed potatoes; and rigatoni balsamic served under chicken, spinach, portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, and pine nuts. It's fine dining with a side of romantic privacy.

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.......................i've often been critical of ITALIAN restaurants that offer WINE menus that make it seem like patrons need hundreds of bottles to choose from for no other reason other than confuse the unsuspecting patron and unnecessarily burden the staff with unuseable knowledge

just because a statistically insignificant population CAN speak extensively about WINE and an even smallwer population CAN taste the differences ANYTHING beyond a second glass is absolutely MEANINGless = period

why not be a user friendly ITALIAN restaurant and take the REDs pairing best with your sauce and the WHITEs most popular with your seafood = AND LEAVE IT AT NO MORE THAN THREE  choices ?

the definition of GENIUS is to simplify a complex calculation into the BASIC answer - no ?

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.............................ask for HECTOR as a server and definitely order the tiramisu at BISTRO MEZZALUNA which is an expensive place ( otherwise IL MULINO is a great moderately priced alternative to both Casa D'Angelo and Bistro ) but the menu does literally light UP at Bistro and it does have a mood setting piano BAR